If You Weren’t a ProfessorI would like to be on the Brazilian World Cup team (wishful thinking!)
Places to Visit or Things to DoI would like to sample foods from all cultures (obviously not going to happen in my lifetime, but would like to put a dent into it). I also would like to visit India.
Surprising Fact About YourselfI like to cook, when I have the time.
Hobbies and InterestsLove to watch Penn State football, travel, listen to music and just kick back and talk to students.
Favorite MovieThe Godfather (all of them)
University Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Osama Jadaan
Challenging and Noble Profession
Engineering is a noble profession. It is also a challenging one that gives practitioners the opportunity to work on very exciting projects to solve societal problems and make our lives better. It is the profession that will clean the environment, get us deeper into space, improve health care and develop cool devices like Apple iPhones and gaming systems. I wanted to be part of this exciting team, which is why I chose this profession.
One of my proudest professional accomplishments is that I worked with team of engineers at NASA to develop the theory and software used to design mechanical systems made of advanced materials. This software is currently used worldwide by engineers to design diverse systems ranging from electronics to engine components.
Keeping Students Engaged
I use the three-pronged approach to teach engineering concepts. First, I teach engineering fundamentals using real-world examples. Second, I have the students use engineering software to analyze and design engineering systems to verify what they learned in class. And, lastly, I have the students get their hands dirty by testing, building and breaking engineering systems in the lab or in the field.
Top Ranked University
From an engineering standpoint, the small classes at Mount Union mean quality engineering education. It translates into intense hands-on education with a strong bond between the engineering faculty and their students. Also, with Mount Union being a highly-ranked university with an outstanding liberal arts foundation, our students graduate to be effective communicators making them the leaders of tomorrow.
Preparing Future Engineers
Engineers are in high demand and placement rate in the industry (or graduate school) is high. At Mount Union, we keep our curriculum up to date with the rapidly changing world of engineering. We also stay in touch with the industry through our Industrial Advisory Board. In addition, we focus on hands-on education and graduating effective communicators.
I am currently involved in a National Institute of Health grant in which we are using the theory and software we developed at NASA to design more reliable dental prostheses. On Mount Union’s campus, the engineering faculty and I are collaborating to create a civil and mechanical engineering curricula geared for the future that addresses industrial needs. Our engineering curricula emphasizes two main things that industry wants: hands-on education and the ability to communicate effectively.
I like the Engineering and Business Building, which is where I work, simply because I spend most of my time here. But my favorite place on campus is the Campus Lakes, which I find very beautiful and relaxing.
My research interests focus on probabilistic design of mechanical systems made of structural ceramics and ceramic composites. I have applied this technology toward analyzing and designing components in gas engines, diesel engines, combustor liners, armor materials, gas and oil drilling equipment and many other applications. Another research interest I have is designing against fatigue failure. I did a one-year sabbatical at John Deere working with a group of engineers on developing a digital prototyping methodology to design their earth-moving equipment against fatigue failure.
Regularly Taught Courses
Mechanics of Materials, Statics and Dynamics, Design Against Mechanical Failure and Structural Mechanics
Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University
M.Eng., Civil (Structural) Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Civil Engineering,The Pennsylvania State University